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CHA Supershow Contests: America’s Next Top Crafter & Fashion Fever

Two exciting contests kept the crowd entertained while wandering from booth to booth at the CHA Supershow on Saturday.

The first of which was America’s Next Top Crafter hosted by the Modern Surrealist, Marisa Pawelko, sponsored by Westcott.

This fast-paced competition pit three crafters against each other in a race against the clock to decorate a scissor holster in the way they felt best represented their crafting style. Each individual had an array of supplies to work with, but only 10 minutes on the clock before each piece was judged by a panel of celebrity judges, which just so happened to include Craft Critique’s very own Editor-in-Chief Sarah Moore! The Double Stitch Twins were also there to lend their expertise as well as Stephanie Girard, author of Sweater Surgery.

After 10 minutes had flown by, each of the contestants explained a bit about their piece. And the winner, Cami, explained that her holster was representative of her home in Mexico. She went home with a very generous prize from Westcott. Great job Cami!  Here’s a shot of all the participants, judges and host of America’s Next Top Crafter:

Another contest that actually began way before the Supershow even started was Fashion Fever. Sponsored by the National Sewing Council, this contest involved having a great imagination and concept of design, not to mention some killer sewing skills. In the months proceeding the show, 7 finalists had been chosen to compete during the show for the grand prize of a trip to Los Angeles for the Winter Supershow in 2011, including hotel and airfare.

Their mission? To create a fantasy themed clothing piece in under 48 hours with just $100 to spend. The piece was to represent Macy’s upcoming Glamorama Fashion Show which will take place August 13th at the Chicago Theatre. This year’s theme for the show is Fashion.Fantasy.Music.Magic. and will star Macy Gray. The finalists were to design a piece with this theme in mind, and imagine the final product being worn on the runway by Macy herself.

Each of the finalists remained hard at work right throughout the show (they began at noon on Friday, and had to be done by 4:00pm on Saturday):






While a couple were professional seamstresses, most were just starting out in the fashion world as students.

Once the pieces were complete, each contestant either wore her own piece or had a model wear it for a highly anticipated finale fashion show before the winner was announced.







After the fashion show all contestants came out for the big announcement. I am in awe at all the designs, what a wonderful job.


The grand prize went to Vanessa from Evanston, Illinois for her dragon inspired design. She said the billowing fabric pieces on the side of the dress represent dragon’s wings. Congratulations Vanessa!

There was so much more to do at the Supershow than I had thought, these contests made it all the more fun. I can’t wait to see what they come up with for next year! What kind of contests would you like to see or participate in?

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4 Responses to CHA Supershow Contests: America’s Next Top Crafter & Fashion Fever

  1. Scrapalooza August 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    How fun!!!

  2. Vanessa Walilko - Kali Butterfly August 7, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    Thank you so much for posting photos from the show! I forgot my camera, so I don’t have any pics of my dress. Is there any way I could beg you to send me high-res images? That would make my year!

    Thanks again,
    Vanessa (she of the dragon dress)
    info@kalibutterfly.com

  3. Our Little Inspirations August 8, 2010 at 6:20 am #

    oh, that looks like it was so much fun!! I almost feel as if I was at CHA after seeing all your great vids and pics!! I think it would be fun to have a contest to create a card in 10 minutes, although that’s something I can rarely accomplish!

  4. Cami August 14, 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    Thank you for posting the pictures here! I had a fabulous time at the show and really enjoyed the contest. The competition was so talented I thought I didn’t have a chance. I LOVE my Westcott cutting tools. 🙂